Make-A-Wish provides trip to local family

From press and staff reports


A local family is spending 7 days and 6 nights at Disney through the Make-A-Wish foundation and support from local businesses.

Jack Wylie Young was nominated by his mother, Penny Young for the Make-A-Wish trip. Jack’s condition is interstitial lung disease, cardiomyopathy, immune suppression, thrombocytopenia purpura, GERD, Pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypertension, and seizure disorder.

Jack Wylie Young headed off to Disney with his parents Penny and Peanut Young and his siblings Blake and Lacy on June 7 to rerun June 14.

As part of the trip announcement, Tina Goodin and Susan Clay who are local volunteers for this area of Make-A-Wish MS Chapter helped hold a reveal party at the Nanih Waiya Fire Department on Thursday, June 6. Jack Wylie Young enjoyed seating in the front seat of the truck and letting the sirens run. Family and well wishers attended the reveal party.

Several businesses donated to make this happen: Micheal Evan’s opened up the NW volunteer fire department to let Jack have pictures made in the fire truck. Van’s Landing donated the meal for Jack’s “Reveal Party” where friends and family had a great time gathered together to fellowship and talk about his upcoming trip to Disney in which the family left on Friday, June 7, for a week of fun and laughter. Other contributors were local Wal-Mart, Vowell’s Market, Beverly’s Baskets, Fran’s Florist, and the Taylor Group, Inc.

“Thanks to all the businesses that helped make this happen,” said Goodin.

Make-A-Wish is solely reliant on donations from people and businesses of our communities to make the wishes happen.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities.

Volunteering is a great way to help. We invite you to share the power of a wish whether you can give a few hours each month or a few days each year.

You can help make the wishes of special children come true in your local community when you become a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. Our mission is only possible with the dedication of our volunteers.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact our chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator or visit

Submitted by Tina Goodin

Jack Wylie Young in the driver’s seat of the fire truck with his family flanking the truck.

Jack Wylie Young in the driver’s seat of the fire truck with his family flanking the truck.